Texas Textbook MASSACRE: ‘Ultraconservatives’ Approve Radical Changes To State Education Curriculum

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The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum’s world history standards on Enlightenment thinking, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”

Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a “constitutional republic,” rather than “democratic,” and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

“We have been about conservatism versus liberalism,” said Democrat Mavis Knight of Dallas, explaining her vote against the standards. “We have manipulated strands to insert what we want it to be in the document, regardless as to whether or not it’s appropriate.”

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Transparency: America’s Wealthiest Religions

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Does believing in God help make you wealthy? If so, can a particular religion make you wealthier than others? GOOD Magazine in collaboration with Column Five takes a look at America’s wealthiest religions:

It’s no secret that the distribution of wealth is inequitable in the United States across racial, regional, and socio-economic groups. But there is a distinct variance among and within America’s faiths as well…

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Intelligent People More Likely to Exhibit ‘Unnatural’ Preferences and Values That are Evolutionarily Novel

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Intelligent people have ‘unnatural’ preferences and values

More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds.

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The Real 40 Year Old Virgins

The Real 40 Year Old Virgins

The real 40 year old virgins

Contrary to Hollywood notions, the 40-year-old virgin is not an awkward yet funny and endearing electronics salesman played by Steve Carell.

He is a church-going teetotaller who has neither been to jail nor served in the military, according to a new survey of more than 7000 people. He also represents an estimated 1.1 million American men and 800,000 women aged 25 to 45 who have never had sex.

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West Outraged Over New Discriminatory Afghanistan Law

West Outraged Over New Discriminatory Afghanistan Law 

Women have long been considered second-class citizens in Afghanistan

A new law signed by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan requires Shiite women to ask their husband’s permission before leaving the home and forces them to have sexual intercourse. The West is outraged, and German politicians are mulling restrictions in development aid. (Pics)

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10,000 Year Clock To Be Built On Nevada Mountaintop

10,000 Year Clock To Be Built On Nevada Mountaintop 

If you’re a member of the Long Now Foundation, you think about vast spans of time. That’s why the futurist think tankers put a 0 before every year to show how cool and forward-thinking they are (for example, this year is 02008). They’ve decided to build a huge mechanical clock on a piece of Nevada mountaintop property they bought, and they’re saying the symbolic time-counting monument will last 10,000 years, chosen because that’s “about how long humans have had a stable climate and technological progression.”

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